John Daly

Highest Rated: 100% The Terminator (1984)
Birthday: Feb 20, 1914
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Producer John Daly stood behind many big and medium-budgeted independent films of the '80s and '90s and sustained a reputation as a successful risk-taker in a traditionally conservative Hollywood. Though considered a maverick by many moguls given his willingness to back films that the big studios wouldn't touch, Daly remained a savvy businessman with a sharp eye for moneymakers. Born in London in 1936, as the son of a cockney dockworker. Daly got his start working as a teaboy and later as a waiter in the Merchant Navy and as an insurance salesman. He met David Hemmings and the two founded the Hemdale Company in 1966, as a talent agency that repped bands including Black Sabbath and Yes. Daly's career focus shifted somewhat in 1971, however, when he purchased Hemmings's share of the business and used it to form his own production company, Hemdale Group Ltd; under Daly's aegis, it blossomed into one of the leading "indie" production and distribution houses in the UK. He demonstrated an astonishing, almost visionary skill as a moviemaker, and unveiled a predilection for standing behind directors in whom he believed - including Robert Altman (with the 1972 Images), Ken Russell (with the 1975 Tommy), Bernardo Bertolucci (with the 1987 Best Picture winner The Last Emperor) , James Cameron (with the 1984 Terminator), and Oliver Stone (with the twin 1986 releases Salvador and Platoon, the latter also a Best Picture winner). The company occasionally issued excellent films that turned into box-office disappointments as well (witness the 1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches), but these marked exceptions and not the rule; at the time of Daly's death, the press marked that he had overseen the production of more than 100 titles at Hemdale, grossing in excess of $1.5 billion - a whopping sum for an independent production house. From the late 1980s into mid-1990s, Hemdale's output remained prolific, though in 1995 Orion purchased the studio (by then renamed Hemdale Communications) and its assets. Daly's filmmaking efforts continued, but witnessed him branching out into scriptwriting and directing in addition to producing; he held down all three roles on the romantic adventure/political drama The Petersburg-Cannes Express (2003) and the period psychological drama The Aryan Couple (2004), the latter starring Martin Landau. Couple - the tale of Jewish husband and wife servants posing as Aryans during the Nazi regime, who conceive of a plan to extinguish Eichmann and Himmler - received mediocre stateside reviews but did pick up a number of international festival awards. Sadly, this marked one of Daly's last major efforts and he died of cancer at age 71 in October of 2008.

Highest Rated Movies



16% An American Affair Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet The Heavy Executive Producer 2008
No Score Yet Turkey Shoot (Escape 2000) Producer 2008
No Score Yet The Box Collector Screenwriter Director 2008
No Score Yet Love At First Kill Director 2008
No Score Yet Played Executive Producer 2006
12% The Aryan Couple, (The Couple) Director 2005
No Score Yet Tournament of Dreams Producer 2005
No Score Yet Killer Weekend Executive Producer 2004
No Score Yet The Petersburg-Cannes Express Producer Director Screenwriter 2003
No Score Yet Alec to the Rescue! Screenwriter Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet Grip It and Rip It Actor 1992
80% Bright Angel Executive Producer 1991
No Score Yet Highway to Hell Executive Producer Producer 1991
No Score Yet Don't Tell Her It's Me Executive Producer 1990
83% Hidden Agenda Producer Executive Producer 1990
80% Staying Together Executive Producer 1989
64% Shag Executive Producer 1989
61% Vampire's Kiss Executive Producer Producer 1989
17% Chattahoochee Executive Producer Producer 1989
No Score Yet War Party Producer 1989
89% Miracle Mile Producer 1989
33% Criminal Law Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet Out Cold Executive Producer 1989
43% The Boost Producer 1988
No Score Yet Blood Red Executive Producer Producer 1988
No Score Yet Buster Producer 1988
71% Best Seller Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Hotel Colonial Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Scenes from the Goldmine Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Made in USA Producer Executive Producer 1987
86% River's Edge Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Love at Stake Producer Executive Producer 1987
88% Platoon Executive Producer 1986
89% Hoosiers Executive Producer Producer 1986
88% Salvador Producer Executive Producer 1986
87% At Close Range Executive Producer 1986
91% The Return of the Living Dead Executive Producer Producer 1985
80% The Falcon and the Snowman Executive Producer Producer 1985
100% The Terminator Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet A Breed Apart Producer 1984
No Score Yet Deadly Force Producer Executive Producer 1983
22% Yellowbeard Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet Race for the Yankee Zephyr Executive Producer 1981
78% Strange Behavior Executive Producer 1981
No Score Yet Carbon Copy Producer 1981
No Score Yet High Risk Executive Producer Producer 1981
No Score Yet Cattle Annie and Little Britches Producer Executive Producer 1981
No Score Yet Going Ape! Producer Executive Producer 1981
No Score Yet The Passage Executive Producer Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Border Producer 1979
No Score Yet Sunburn Producer Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Boy of Pigs Producer


No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
  • 2014
78% Happy Endings
  • 2012
No Score Yet Green Acres
  • 1965
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
Mr. Ebert
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
  • 1953


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